Print Email Linkedin Facebook NewsLocal NewsThree serious incidents of aggravated assault in cityBy admin – September 29, 2011 589 WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleFuming on ‘The Dangers of Tobacco’Next articleCharged with threatening to kill mother of three admin Twitter IN three separate incidents of aggravated theft in the city, a man and a woman were assaulted and a second woman was threatened in the past week. A female assistant at a shop in the Catherine Street area was pushed to the ground and kicked when a thief entered the premises in search of money during busy shopping hours. At around 4.20pm on Saturday September 24, a male entered the shop wearing a dark hoodie and tracksuit bottoms and with his face concealed by a scarf.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Having pushed the employee to the floor, the raider kicked her in the leg, stole €700 and fled down Roches Street, taking a left onto O’Connell Street.Gardaí are appealing for anyone in the area and who may have seen this male running away from the scene, to contact them.In a second incident of aggravated theft from the person, an injured party was assaulted by two men on Quinn Street on Thursday night, September 22.The man had been walking down South Circular Road when he noticed two males arguing.In order to avoid them, he took a different route, but was followed by the men, who assaulted him and took a wallet from his back pocket.One of the culprits was dressed in black with his hood up and the other was wearing a white top with black sleeves.Both had Limerick accents.Henry Street gardaí are appealing for information. In a third case, on Wednesday, September 21, a male wearing a white Adidas hoodie, with the hood pulled up, entered a shop on Henry Street and threatened a female staff member at around 2.15pm.The culprit demanded that the till be opened, and that the employee hand over her wallet, before leaving the shop on foot. Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the city at the time to contact them.
Last summer, Dead & Company embarked on their first-ever summer tour together. The band, which is made up of original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, played four tour-closing shows in California after an extensive national run together. The final show ended at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on July 30, 2016, the same venue that the band had thrown a surprise free show at two months earlier. It was only fitting that their summer run should come to a close at Shoreline, right near the Dead’s origins in the Bay Area.Dead & Company has shared a fantastic version of “Terrapin Station” for all those to enjoy, in anticipation of their return later this month. Enjoy:Dead & Company will hit the road from May 27th through June 28th, kicking off the tour in Vegas and hitting major venues across the country. The dates include stops at places like the Hollywood Bowl, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Folsom Field, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Fenway Park, Citi Field, Wrigley Field and more! You can see the dates below, and head to the band’s website for details.Setlist: Dead & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 7/30/16Help on the Way, Slipknot!, Shakedown Street, Cassidy, Standing on the Moon, Me and My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, Franklin’s TowerII: Dark STar, St. Stephen, Eyes of the World, Terrapin Station, Drums, Space, Days Between, Not Fade AwayE: U.S. Blues, Brokedown Palace
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young, blue stars encircling the first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered. The presence of the star cluster suggests that the black hole was once at the core of a now-disintegrated dwarf galaxy. The discovery of the black hole and the star cluster has important implications for understanding the evolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies.“For the first time, we have evidence on the environment, and thus the origin, of this middle-weight black hole,” said Mathieu Servillat, who worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics when this research was conducted.Astronomers know how massive stars collapse to form stellar-mass black holes but it’s not clear how supermassive black holes, which weigh billions of times the mass of our sun, form in the cores of galaxies. One idea is that supermassive black holes may build up through the merger of smaller, intermediate-mass black holes weighing hundreds to thousands of suns.Lead author Sean Farrell, of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy in Australia, discovered this unusual black hole in 2009 using the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope. Known as HLX-1 (Hyper-Luminous X-ray source 1), the black hole weighs in at 20,000 solar masses and lies towards the edge of the galaxy ESO 243-49, which is 290 million light-years from Earth.Farrell and his team then observed HLX-1 simultaneously with NASA’s Swift observatory in X-ray and Hubble in near-infrared, optical, and ultraviolet wavelengths. The intensity and the color of the light shows a cluster of young stars, 250 light-years across, encircling the black hole. Hubble can’t resolve the stars individually because the suspected cluster is too far away. The brightness and color are consistent with other clusters of young stars seen in other galaxies.Farrell’s team detected blue light from hot gas in the accretion disk swirling around the black hole. However, they also detected red light produced by much cooler gas, which would most likely come from stars. Computer models suggested the presence of a young, massive cluster of stars encircling the black hole.“What we can definitely say with our Hubble data is that we require both emission from an accretion disk and emission from a stellar population to explain the colors we see,” said Farrell.Such young clusters of stars are commonly seen in nearby galaxies, but not outside the flattened starry disk, as found with HLX-1. The best explanation is that the HLX-1 black hole was the central black hole in a dwarf galaxy.The larger host galaxy then captured the dwarf. Most of the dwarf’s stars were stripped away through the collision between the galaxies. At the same time, new young stars were formed in the encounter. The interaction that compressed the gas around the black hole also triggered star formation.Farrell and Servillat found that the star cluster must be less than 200 million years old. This means that the bulk of the stars were formed following the dwarf’s collision with the larger galaxy. The age of the stars tells how long ago the two galaxies crashed into each other.The future of the black hole is uncertain at this stage. It depends on its trajectory, which is currently unknown. It’s possible the black hole may spiral in to the center of the big galaxy and eventually merge with the supermassive black hole there. Alternately, the black hole could settle into a stable orbit around the galaxy. Either way, it’s likely to fade away in X-rays as it depletes its supply of gas.“This black hole is unique in that it’s the only intermediate-mass black hole we’ve found so far. Its rarity suggests that these black holes are only visible for a short time,” said Servillat.More observations are planned this year to track the history of the interaction between the two galaxies.The new findings are being published in the Feb. 15 issue of the Astrophysical Journal Letters. The journal paper is available online.This release is being issued jointly with NASA.